WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Sister Act

Reviewed In Issue 03 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Maggie Smith, Mary Wickes, Harvey Keitel.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Touchstone Home Video
(Catalog Number): 1452AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1992
(LD Release Date): 1/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Emile Ardolino
(Screenplay/Written By): Joseph Howard
(Story): NA
(Music): Marc Shaiman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jackson DeGovia
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Richard Halsey, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Scott Rubin
(Co-Producers): Mario Iscovich
(Producers): Teri Schwartz

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.75:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
A laughter filled hit comedy with an irresistible music score punctrated with ‘60’s Motown hits. The divine proceeedings follow a twist on the gimmick of hiding a witness in a nunnery. Goldberg’s lounge singer character under a police protection program ends up in a convent where she turns the church choir of devout nuns into religious showgirls.

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer of this film looks a bit washed-out. Natural color fidelity and balance is off. As with nearly all Disney spherical flat projected films, the aspect ratio is 1.75:1 which will play virtually flawlessly on the 16:9 (1.78:1) widescreen format.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is generally good, but there is very little surround activity, just the run-of-the-mill diffuse envelopment during scenes with music. The choir voices are well delineated but bass energy is thin and everything sounds slightly bright even with re-equalization to the dubbing theatre standard.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
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